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    I know RPS is the very most modest, professional, and unselfish of internet magazines, and I respect that; but I'd have no problem with at least a little more trumpeting of the release of Sir, You Are Being Hunted. I had no idea it was being released until I saw it on GoG today.

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    Dear RPS team,

    A somewhat recently joined constant reader of your works would like to propose a functional improvement.

    You see, I love reading good articles on this site, and there are tons hidden inside the old archives, I believe. But I'm also lazy, so... By any chance, is it possible to apply to the site menu the "random dice roll" button that randomly picks up an article from any month and year (including 1999) to show?

    Maybe that's excessive, but I know from my experience that "random page" thing with its cave-exploration mental value works so well for Wikipedia browsing at slow parts of week, and picking up the month from archive menu just doesn't feel that random.

    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matrixdll View Post
    Dear RPS team,

    A somewhat recently joined constant reader of your works would like to propose a functional improvement.

    You see, I love reading good articles on this site, and there are tons hidden inside the old archives, I believe. But I'm also lazy, so... By any chance, is it possible to apply to the site menu the "random dice roll" button that randomly picks up an article from any month and year (including 1999) to show?

    Maybe that's excessive, but I know from my experience that "random page" thing with its cave-exploration mental value works so well for Wikipedia browsing at slow parts of week, and picking up the month from archive menu just doesn't feel that random.

    Thank you.
    Seconded, I think it's a good idea. There has been so much quality writing from RPS over the years, that every opportunity to showcase older work should be welcomed.
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    We used to have a thingy which did just that, but turned out it killed our servers and was making the site slow for everyone. I do miss it though - if/when we get around to tarting up the site up generally it's something to think about attempting again.
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    I am slightly suprised by the comments turned off on Cara's latest S.Exe article, esp. as since they were turned on in other articles which were far more provoking then the (Actually suprisingly mild) interactive fiction mentoined.

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    Anyone know how I can go about telling RPS about a gaming story that might be worthy of their investigation and potential publication?

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    I realised today that my first website for all things PC-gaming does not at all cover anything related to The Sims. Given that it is one of the biggest PC-only (except for a couple of spin-offs) with a rather big community, including a huge group of moddern, that struck me as a bit of a surprise.
    Is it due to no RPS writer being into that kind of game? Is it because the game's demographic, usually considered to be more female than average, does not overlap well with RPS readers in general, or something else?

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    I would say its because of none of the writers actually play the game.


    Also, the sims IS covered, just very sparsely. Personally, Id rather see more stories on the Sims than on Eve, but hey, tastes differ and all that.
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    The Sims has been covered many times
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    Yeah they do show Sims stuff, but in truth none of the staff are really into Sims. Same as none of them are into Foot-to-ball either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kadayi View Post
    Yeah they do show Sims stuff, but in truth none of the staff are really into Sims. Same as none of them are into Foot-to-ball either.
    Speaking of which, I still miss the Ian Football diary (about Football Manager). That was hilarious! Any chance of a re-run or new episodes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by L_No View Post
    Speaking of which, I still miss the Ian Football diary (about Football Manager). That was hilarious! Any chance of a re-run or new episodes?
    I'm considering it. It ran aground before because essentially doing in tandem with daily news duties and regular reviews (+ some sort of existence beyond the monitor) wasn't feasible, but these days I'm primarily on features so could in theory block out a couple of weeks for it.
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    Ian Football should return for the world cup campaign.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonzrat View Post
    I'm considering it. It ran aground before because essentially doing in tandem with daily news duties and regular reviews (+ some sort of existence beyond the monitor) wasn't feasible, but these days I'm primarily on features so could in theory block out a couple of weeks for it.
    If you could, that would be awesome. 'T was some of the best writing I've ever seen on RPS. Thanks for considering it :)
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    I set up an account pretty much solely to express my disgust at Graham Smith's disingenuous hatchet job on Watch_Dogs. Even before I played the game, I thought the sincerity of the review was suspect; like too much emphasis was placed on the negative, or that too much negativity was being mined from fairly minor problems. Then as I played the game I could barely recognize it as the game Smith had reviewed. I did a point by point 'rebuttal' elsewhere, which I reproduce here with some tweaks. Apologies, btw, if this isn't the right folder/thread for criticism.

    It seems Smith clearly had an ax to grind with Ubisoft, or maybe a couple of analogies he was fond of and was eager to use, even though they seem to basically contradict each other (the first (the crisps mutli-pack analogy) calls the game stale and vacuous, the second '90% magical').


    First some of the churlishness:


    I could have hacked open any of those gates, but I found a fourth way: a maintenance workerís mobile lift, which could be hacked to lift me up to the rooftop of an adjacent building. I am using the word ďhackedĒ here but really I pressed Q to make the lift raise. I used it.


    You can only hack use whatís within range. From my rooftop vantage I was able to hack use a camera, and then effectively hop from one to the next and get close to whatever I needed to within the area. I marked each of the enemies on my minimap, turned off the ability for two of the guards to call in reinforcements, and pressed use on the guard who my phone told me had the server access code. I then dropped down into the yard.

    He crosses out 'hack' in the review and puts 'use' instead: Why? What is the point being made here? The obvious reason it's called 'hack' rather than 'use' is because it's specifically for manipulating electronic equipment in your surroundings with a computer (your phone). I really don't know what point he's trying to make here, or even if he does, except maybe that he hates modern video games. This is just mean-spirited pedantry disguised as criticism.

    From here, I tended to take it stealthily. Hitting a button sticks you to a nearby piece of cover, and you continue to use that to carefully skirt around corners, sprint across open spaces and remain unseen. Get close enough to an enemy and you can perform a swift take down move. Chain these moves together, get inside that server room, and your reward is a Pipemania-with-a-twist minigame, but even this relatively simple performance feels great, and the escape back out into the open world can be exhilarating.


    But this is not how it goes. Here is how it goes: you press Ďhackí to use the camera under your crosshair, but at that moment the gameís predictive targeting decides youíre actually looking at a guard in the middle distance. The guard explodes, because you hacked his grenade. Everyone on the level is now alerted.

    His whole criticism here boils down to his not liking the game's 'predictive targeting'. But it's only predictive if it's not used autonomously i.e. you don't move the camera to target the thing you want. Note the use of the present tense here, as if this characterizes the whole of Watch Dog's game play. I think I fucked up once in a way similar to that described here, and that's only because I decided not to bother checking what was targeted before hacking. The game didn't decide anything. Maybe this is an issue with the keyboard/mouse controls, where the camera and hence targeting is more fiddly. If so he's not made that clear here. Speaking of controls:


    You press C to move behind a pillar, but in your haste didnít have time to deal with the fiddly targeting here, either. You hide on the wrong side of the pillar, are too stuck to it to quickly disengage, and are spotted by a guard or six who begin firing at you.

    Haven't played with the PC controls but if I was a games journo/critic, I imagine I'd feel an obligation to in order to produce a well-informed review. You would think such a consideration re. a controller might make a claim on Graham Smith, especially since the stuff about the supposedly dodgy controls is probably the most damning part of his review, and even more especially because this is a multiplatform game in a genre for which a controller is near enough prerequisite. The controls work absolutely fine with an Xbox controller; literally none of the issues enumerated here are relevant to the game played with one. To fail to even mention how the game plays with a controller is shocking negligence on his part.


    This is Watch underscore Dogsí missions at their best.

    Wrong.


    What do they look like at their worst? Forced stealth missions in which being spotted is an instant fail, turning misinterpreted controls into a tedious roulette.

    These are mandatory stealth parts - not everyone's cup of tea, but they're brief and very infrequent. But notice he's not criticizing that necessarily; just belaboring his point about the controls again. Try a f**king controller.


    Maybe any mission involving a helicopter chase. I have an unlocked ability which allows me to scramble those for 30 seconds, stopping their pursuit. Unfortunately I canít angle the camera up steeply enough to see helicopters while driving, swimming or running, and standing perfectly still so I can crane my neck skyward exposes me to fire from its high-powered sniper rifle.

    All the hacking in this game is done by targeting. He presumably wants an exception when it comes to helicopters so that when one is pursuing him, he just has to push a button to disable it. I'm sure he'd have nothing negative to say if that were the case. The whole point of a helicopter is that it's awkward to evade. But even so, it's really not that difficult and you can quite easily hack a helicopter at least whilst you're running. Of course it's harder whilst you're driving, as it should be. It would be ridiculous if it wasn't. I'm going to infer that this is yet another tributary to his main gripe about the controls again, because I really can't see from playing it with a controller why he had such difficulty here.


    Maybe just every mission, in which the environment is designed both restrictively and inconsistently. On one mission I arrived, saw the tower block which lay before me, and decided a sniper rifle would be a fun approach. I figured I could buy one from a nearby gun shop, so I hopped back in my car and sped off. When I reached an invisible boundary, the game yelled at me for leaving the mission area, failed the mission, and reloaded me back to the outskirts of the gangís base I was to infiltrate. My car was now gone, as if as punishment for daring to deviate.

    All missions are necessarily restrictive, otherwise they wouldn't be missions; it would just be the sandbox. He couldn't buy a sniper rifle because the mission had started. He could, however, have bought one beforehand. When you leave a mission area (and apart from to buy guns, etc. which you should already have got beforehand, there's no reason to), you are warned and given time to re-enter. Is that really so terribly restrictive? Or am I right in thinking this is just petulant whining about nothing?


    On another mission set inside an abandoned, cargo container-filled warehouse lot, you rely on Aidenís climbing and jumping in order to reach your destination. Heís less nimble than Ezio, but your movement is similarly prescriptive: you can only jump at ledges where thereís something to grab, for example. In this warehouse lot, some cargo containers can be climbed upon. Some canít. These two types are not visually distinct. In one area you need to bypass an unclimbable fence; you might think that a set of stacked boxes which lead up to its height would be the perfect way across, but your inability to jump an inch forward without the gameís say-so will see you stymied at the top.

    It took me all of 2 minutes during the first of one of these missions to distinguish between climbable objects and those which aren't. Basically everything lower than you or slightly higher can be climbed unless it's lined with spikes or barbed wire. Really don't know how he's found cause for complaint here. I will concede something to him about the inability to jump across narrow gaps - it does feel a bit jarring when you first discover this. But then you know you can't do that and don't worry about it any more.


    At least he's positive about the multiplayer, which is indeed brilliant. But that's not going to overshadow his last bon mot, a devastating call-back to his crisps analogy of which he's obviously as enamored as his underscore gibe:
    Fuck underscore that. When the world is full of pickled onion Monster Munch, donít settle for less.

    In conclusion, a petty, under-informed and very mean-spirited review.

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    Yes, he didnt like it. Doesnt mean he didnt truly feel that way, since that usually the point of a hatchet job; to exaggerate for some kind of gain.

    And to be fair, Q is just "remote using". Not that it detracts from the game, I actually liked it. But it is more magic remote than omg hax.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuantaCat View Post
    Yes, he didnt like it. Doesnt mean he didnt truly feel that way, since that usually the point of a hatchet job; to exaggerate for some kind of gain.
    Indeed. Even though the review seems overly negative and frankly puts too much emphasis on minor stuff, I would characterise it so harshly. I don't disagree with Sodomus's points, and think the review is not very informed, but then, the hivemind is not perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuantaCat View Post
    Yes, he didnt like it. Doesnt mean he didnt truly feel that way, since that usually the point of a hatchet job; to exaggerate for some kind of gain.
    If he did it for 'some kind of gain', wouldn't that tell against the sincerity of the review? As to his motives, I suspect that he played W_D with the assumption that it would be hampered by a lot of the problems of the Ass Creed games. Hence the crisps analogy speaking to the supposed vacuousness of the game's variety, a definite problem with some Ass Creed sequels where there's loads of stuff to do but little incentive to do them, but which he then never mentions again about W_D, instead harping on about the game's controls.

    And to be fair, Q is just "remote using". Not that it detracts from the game, I actually liked it. But it is more magic remote than omg hax.
    I know. I just don't see how it matters. It seems like he's making a critical point by laboriously substituting 'hack' for 'use' but I can't work out what it is.

    EDIT: OK I'm not saying he didn't genuinely dislike it; just that he played it with the expectation that he'd dislike it, and clearly made no effort to challenge that expectation. I mean if he was having such a problem with the keyboard controls, and was going to take the game to task so much for it, how the hell didn't he feel duty-bound as a reviewer to try it with a controller? It's unbelievable.
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